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Benfica 'raise asking price for Manchester United-linked Darwin Nunez'

Benfica 'raise asking price for Man United-linked Darwin Nunez'
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Benfica raise Darwin Nunez's asking price to £84m amid interest from Manchester United, according to a report.

Benfica have reportedly raised Darwin Nunez's asking price to €100m (£84m) amid suggestions that Manchester United are determined to sign the forward this summer.

The 22-year-old has been in impressive form for his Portuguese club during the 2021-22 campaign, scoring 34 goals and registering four assists in 41 appearances in all competitions.

Meanwhile, he has netted 48 goals and registered 16 assists in 85 outings since making the move to the Eagles from Almeria in September 2020.

Man United will bring a new forward to the club this summer, as Edinson Cavani is leaving on a free transfer, while there is uncertainty surrounding Anthony Martial's future in Manchester.

The Red Devils have allegedly identified Nunez as a leading transfer target, with the Uruguay international coming to the attention of a number of leading European clubs with his form this season.

Benfica's Darwin Nunez celebrates scoring their first goal on April 5, 2022© Reuters

A recent report claimed that the South American would be available for a fee in the region of €60m £51m, but according to Record, the Portuguese outfit will refuse to sell for under €100m (£84m).

Benfica are in a strong position when it comes to the striker's future, as he still has more than three years left to run on his contract with the club.

Incoming Man United boss Erik ten Hag will be backed during this summer's transfer window, but a lack of Champions League football for next season will see the club take a financial hit.

As a result, £120m has allegedly been set aside for new signings, and the 20-time English champions are believed to want a new centre-back, midfielder and wide player, in addition to a new forward.

Cristiano Ronaldo, though, is expected to stay at the club this summer despite the widespread speculation surrounding his future, with the Portuguese recently paying tribute to Ten Hag's work at Ajax.

Ajax manager Erik ten Hag celebrates in November 2021© Reuters

Martial will be back at Man United this season following the completion of his loan spell at Sevilla, but it is unclear whether the Frenchman has a long-term future in Manchester.

Marcus Rashford has also been strongly linked with a move away from the club, but a recent report claimed that the England international is set to remain at Old Trafford.

Man United's struggles this season mean that they will not be present in next season's Champions League, with the club instead battling West Ham United for sixth position, which would bring a spot in the 2022-23 Europa League.

A win for the 20-time English champions against Crystal Palace on Sunday would see them claim sixth, but a draw or a defeat would open the door for West Ham, who travel to Brighton & Hove Albion on the final weekend.

Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Luke Shaw have all been back in training with Man United this week ahead of the clash at Selhurst Park, with the trio pushing to be involved in their side's final match of the campaign.

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